Archives for April 2013

When East Meets West – Revisited

Recognize this angler and event?

Recognize this angler and event?

Over the years, B.A.S.S. has fished a variety of events out west, and I always find it interesting to look back at those events because of the mix of styles and personalities that would occur. A perfect example of this would be the tourney held on Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico , April 2-4, 1998. Pete covered this event almost a year ago to the day for Bass Fishing Archives (see link), but I thought it was worth revisiting while the television coverage is still available online. Additionally, we’ve added a lot of new readers since that time, so it never hurts to revisit some of  the more interesting topics we’ve covered.   [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Three Questions about Fritts (April 29, 2013)

Photo Bassmaster.com

Photo Bassmaster.com

Back in the early 1990s, they called it the “Fritts Blitz.”

When Lexington, N.C. pro David Fritts got on a roll, he was virtually unstoppable. It seemed that back then the typical tour-level schedules were more amenable to a crankbait bite, and of course that was right in his wheelhouse.

Between 1990 and 1994, he earned four wins in B.A.S.S competition – two on Buggs Island (Kerr Reservoir), one at the 1993 Bassmaster Classic (Logan Martin) and another regular season trophy at Lake Seminole.

The first of those wins, at Buggs, came a week after he finished second on the Potomac River. The first question relates his first win. [Read more…]

A Look Way Back – Possibly The First Known Bass Tournament

Winners from the 1st-Annual Texas State Bass Tournament. Photo Waco Tribune Herald 1955.

Winners from the 1st-Annual Texas State Bass Tournament. Photo Waco Tribune Herald 1955.

Some say that competitive bass fishing originated in the states Alabama-Tennessee. That’s a difficult subject to argue when you consider the Bass Angler’s Sportsman Society has its roots deeply implanted in both Alabama and Tennessee. Some might also argue that Oklahoma should be included due to the help of Don Butler and the Tulsa Bassmasters. But the state of Texas also deserves some of the kudos.

Over the years, Texas has been a breeding ground for high-level bass anglers and famous bass waters. Reservoirs like Toledo Bend and Sam Rayburn were ‘must-go’ destinations in the late 60s and early 70s. They were so important in those early years of tournament fishing that Ray Scott  started making at least one of them a yearly stop on the fledgling B.A.S.S. tournament trail in 1968. [Read more…]

The Roots of Quantum

Look familiar?

Look familiar?

You know the names: KVD, Biffle, Grigsby, Klein, Hackney, Rojas, Swindle…there are several more. They all fish for Team Quantum, but would you recognize their first line of baitcasters if you saw them? Or could you even guess when they were introduced? Here’s what we’ve gathered on the topic. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Oh What Happened on the Big O? Answer and Winner (April 22, 2013)

Photo FLWOutdoors.com

Photo FLWOutdoors.com

Congratulations to Rob Melendez for winning this week’s Monday Trivia Contest! For the answer, please read below.

Bryan Thrift’s narrow 2006 Stren victory over Bobby Lane on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee wasn’t Thrift’s first win with FLW Outdoors. He’d won two other AAA-level tournaments with them the prior year, one on Lake Eufaula and the other on Santee Cooper. However, in both of those efforts he’d been a co-angler. The 2006 trophy was the first one he’d won with them from the front of the boat. Of course, he’s gone on to have a stellar career, with FLW Tour victories in 2010 and 2011, and he also earned the AOY title in 2010. He followed up those accomplishments with a win at the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic. [Read more…]

The Bass Aren’t the Only Ones That Eat Them

RebelThere are a couple of reasons we all buy bass lures. First because we want to catch fish and second, we have an addiction to buying them. I don’t know how many baits I’ve bought over the course of my life but I’m sure I don’t want to know that answer and I’m doubly sure that my insurance agent doesn’t either.

One thing that’s happened over my life is I’ve seen a lot of lure companies go by the wayside. Some of them just went out of business for whatever reason be it bad designs, not enough revenue to make the industry worth while or, as we’re going to talk about here, a bigger fish buys them out. [Read more…]

Old Boat Ads – 1973

1973 Ranger TR-4 Boat Ad. Where's Burt Reynolds?

1973 Ranger TR-4 Boat Ad. Where’s Burt Reynolds?

Okay, it’s been a while since we’ve done a Retro Boat ad piece here so I thought it would be good to pick up where we left off – 1973.

By 1973 bass boats and bass boat companies were coming out of every one-stop town in the U.S. In 1972, 11 manufacturers put ads in the top bass fishing magazines – 1973 would feature 15 boat manufacturers and I’m sure there were a number of other companies who hadn’t yet made the leap to advertise. [Read more…]

Scorecard Snapshot – Oh What Happened on the Big O? (April 22, 2013)

Photo FLWOutdoors.com

Photo FLWOutdoors.com

Bryan Thrift’s narrow 2006 Stren victory over Bobby Lane on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee wasn’t Thrift’s first win with FLW Outdoors. He’d won two other AAA-level tournaments with them the prior year, one on Lake Eufaula and the other on Santee Cooper. However, in both of those efforts he’d been a co-angler. The 2006 trophy was the first one he’d won with them from the front of the boat. Of course, he’s gone on to have a stellar career, with FLW Tour victories in 2010 and 2011, and he also earned the AOY title in 2010. He followed up those accomplishments with a win at the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic. [Read more…]

High-Speed – It’s all Relative

1973 ABU/Garcia ad for the ABU 5000. This was arguably the most popular reel ever made by any reel company. Note the small double handle. By the mid-70s, most anglers took this handle off and replaced it with a Gator Grip or BPS double handle.

1973 ABU/Garcia ad for the ABU 5000. This was arguably the most popular reel ever made by any reel company. Note the small double handle. By the mid-70s, most anglers took this handle off and replaced it with a Gator Grip or BPS double handle.

We’ve previously covered the Swedish reel manufacturer ABU with respect to their Cardinal series of reels marketed by Zebco in the late 60s through 80s. We’ve aso talked about their ever-famous 5000 series reels here a bit. But these ads I recently ran across really tell a lot about where we’ve come from and what anglers dealt with early in this bassin’ game.

The year is 1973 and nearly every hard-core bass angler is using the reels ABU made. Yeah, there were a few using reels made by Shakespeare and Pflueger (Lew Childre wouldn’t debut his BB1 Speed Spool for another couple years) but the vast majority were using the 5000 series of reels produced by ABU and marketed by Garcia. [Read more…]

Old Midwest Ranger Boat Ads

ranger_boats_logoRanger Boats has been a key player in the fishing and boating industry for over 40 years, and has become a household name among boating and bassin’ families all across the country. Here’s a brief snippet of Ranger history according to The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture: [Read more…]

Monday Trivia — Name That Angler Answer and Winner (April 15, 2013)

Who is this young float tuber?

Who is this young float tuber?

Congrats to Chris Harvey for winning this week’s trivia contest! For the answer, read below.

Another week, another installment of our Bass Fishing Archives trivia contest. This week’s subject has graduated from the float tube seen here to a full-sized bass boat. He’s also fished events on both major tours.

Remember, in order to claim our prize from Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, you’ll need to be the first to correctly answer the following four questions in the comments section of this website: [Read more…]

Big Box or Ma’-n-Pa’?

Aberdeen Bait and TackleAs many of you have probably figured out by now, I spent my formative years (some would argue deformative) working in a tackle shop in southern California. Our shop had all the latest and greatest any bass fisherman or saltwater angler could want. We specialized in mainly western gear – although it wasn’t called that back then – and we built custom rods, repaired reels and always had a pot of coffee on. If you were lucky enough to stop by at lunchtime, Bob (the owner) would buy anyone in the store lunch, which usually consisted of Church’s Chicken. [Read more…]